CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — Between Jan. 5 and Jan. 13, there have been eight reported cases involving the
theft of catalytic converters in Cardiff-By-The-Sea. The vehicles targeted were primarily Toyota pick-up
trucks; the Tacoma model being the most common.
Thieves steal catalytic converters due to the precious metals contained within – platinum, palladium, rhodi-
um, and gold – which can then be sold to recyclers. Catalytic converters can be stolen quickly, at times less
than two minutes, and few tools are needed. They can be expensive to replace.
Most common targets are SUVs and trucks, especially late-model Toyotas, due to the fact that they tend to
sit higher off the ground, providing thieves easier access to the converter.
If you see or hear anything suspicious, call Sheriff’s Dispatch at (858) 565-5220. If you think your vehicle may be a target for catalytic converter theft, consider these options:
— Park your vehicle in well-lit or protected public parking lots
— If you have a garage, park your vehicle in there, if possible
— Consider using an aftermarket product, such as a catalytic
converter cage, to deter thieves
For more information on Crime Prevention, contact the
Encinitas Crime Prevention Unit: Henry Tirado at (760) 966-3588
Jean Gillette is the Community News editor for The Coast News Group. As a journalist, she primarily worked in San Clemente and Los Angeles. She has been with the Coast News for 20 years and lives in La Costa.